Isn’t it the hardest thing to find a gift for dad for Father’s Day?
I know it’s always been a struggle for me. It feels like I always end up getting the same thing.
This year though, I want to do things differently.
When my husband and I took our marriage class, they made us take the Love Language test to learn about each other love language (i.e. the way that you like to be shown love).
“Your love language profile will explain your primary love language, what it means, and how you can use it to connect to others.”
So I thought, why not apply the same concept outside of my marriage with all my close relationships!
If you already know your dad’s love language, then you’re all set. Otherwise, have him take the test! It’s only 10 minutes and you’ll learn so much about him!
Once that’s done, use his love language(s) to think of the perfect gift!
Now, if your kids are still too young (under 3) to think of something to give dad, here are a few ideas of things to do based on the following love languages: Quality Time, Physical Touch, Acts of Service, and Words of Affirmation.
If you’re familiar with the love languages, you’ll notice that I left out Gift Giving because it’s a very subjective category. The gift will depend on what dad likes, so I’ll leave that one up to you!
This language is all about giving the other person your undivided attention.
- Visit a local museum. Check out the details of our outings at the Canadian Food and Agriculture Museum in Ottawa, and the Montreal Science Centre to give you an idea of things to do there!
- Go for a walk with dad. Pack a picnic and make sure you bring his favourite snacks!
- Get tickets to a sports event for the whole family. Hubby can’t wait to take the boys to their first hockey/baseball game!
- Setup a photoshoot with dad and the kids. Kids grow up so fast! A photoshoot is an amazing keepsake for the whole family!
Also, check out these events in Ottawa taking place on Father’s day!
- Father’s Day Fitness Fundraiser
- The Orleans Brewing Co. is organizing a special BBQ for Father’s Day
- The Canadian Museum of Nature is organizing a special Father’s Day Brunch
To this person, nothing speaks more deeply than appropriate touch.
- Have your kids give daddy a hug! Hugs can go a long way especially if your kid is just learning to hug or is an independent toddler.
- Have your kids give daddy a kiss! If your 1 year old is just learning to kiss, that can be one of the best feelings in the world!
- Have a dance party. We have dance parties quite often in our house and holding on to your kids hands while you watch them enjoy themselves is priceless!
ACTS OF SERVICE
For these people, actions speak louder than words.
- Bake a cake with your littles for dad. This could turn into a very fun sensory activity for your babies and a great math/chemistry intro for your young toddler.
- Have your kids bring dad a glass of water (or their coffee if you’re feeling adventurous). This will not only feel special for dad, but will also teach your kids about kindness.
- Give them an hour (or an afternoon/morning) of uninterrupted time. Doesn’t every parent want that? Just some time for themselves because those times don’t come around often!
- Get up with the kids in the morning or put the kids to bed alone that night. That’s just another way to give dad a break!
- Enlist your toddler to help with the house chores. Toddlers can easily use a duster to help clean up the house! Little J loves to vacuum and clean the table!
WORDS OF AFFIRMATION
This language uses words to affirm other people.
- Teach your toddler a song to sing to dad. Little J was singing songs as early as 2 years old! It’s the cutest thing to hear your kids sing!!
- Create a card for dad. Check out my Instagram Post on how we created a birthday card for granpda, which can easily be adapted for any occasion!
I hope you get inspiration from these ideas!
Happy Father’s Day!